Belstra Milling recognized for animal welfare excellence

Published on: Feb 15, 2014
The Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) has recognized Belstra Milling Company in DeMotte, Ind., with its “One Welfare” Recognition Award. John Hoek of Belstra Milling accepts the award (left).
The Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) has recognized Belstra Milling Company in DeMotte, Ind., with its “One Welfare” Recognition Award. John Hoek of Belstra Milling accepts the award (left).
The Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) has recognized Belstra Milling Company in DeMotte, Ind., with its “One Welfare” Recognition Award. The recognition is presented to pay tribute to an Indiana resident or company promoting the advancement of animal welfare issues through outstanding service, education, or research, or who provides exemplary care to agricultural animals and/or has significantly improved the welfare of agricultural animals in the state.

IVMA said Belstra is a prime example of a company that not only works to serve the local area and state, but also strives to represent the swine industry in a positive light.  Strong leadership is found at Belstra to provide a team approach for healthy animals.

Belstra Milling has grown to 36 full time employees producing 120,000 tons of complete feed and processing one million bushels of ground corn. Belstra works closely with the six Belstra Group pig farms as well as the large dairy farms owned by local families in the Fair Oaks, Ind., area.

The company not only provide exemplary care to their pigs, but they are constantly dedicated to educating fellow farmers, consumers, and the general public about modern pork production in the state of Indiana and the United States.  As an example of this dedication to education of animal agriculture, they have designed Legacy Farms located at the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure, a part of the Fair Oaks Farms.  The site has been built to allow the average citizen to tour a real, working swine operation.

The presentation took place during the 130th annual meeting of the IVMA in Indianapolis, Ind. The IVMA is the professional organization for veterinarians who care for Hoosier pets, farm animals, zoo animals, wildlife, and public health, and is the human side of animal health.